For someone who batted just .184 this past season, veteran catcher David Ross is pretty popular right now.
FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal writes that Ross could follow Jon Lester to the Cubs or the Red Sox to serve as his personal catcher once again. However, there are other possibilities out there. According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said tonight that Ross is on the club’s radar. He could be a fit for the Padres if Yasmani Grandal gets dealt and a return to the Braves can’t be ruled out.
Ross turns 38 in March and is coming off a rough year, but he still has some pop in his bat, particularly against left-handed pitching. He could be useful playing a couple of games per week.
SAN DIEGO — Veteran closer Kenley Jansen and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical.
The 35-year-old Jansen went 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 64 innings for Atlanta this year. The three-time All-Star led the National League with 41 saves, helping the Braves win the NL East title.
Boston is looking to bounce back after it finished last in the AL East this season with a 78-84 record. The Red Sox went 92-70 in 2021 and lost to Houston in the AL Championship Series.
Jansen spent his first 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning a World Series title in 2020. The right-hander signed a $16 million, one-year contract with Atlanta in March.
Jansen has a 2.46 career ERA. He was an All-Star in 2016-2018.
His 391 career saves are the second-most among active players (behind Craig Kimbrel‘s 394) and eighth all time.